tv [untitled] November 29, 2010 8:30pm-9:00pm EST
dot com. four thirty am in moscow good to have you with us here on our t.v.'s your headlines washington says the recent release of classified documents is an attack on the u.s. and international community whistle blowing web site wiki leaks published two hundred fifty thousand secret u.s. diplomatic cables from around the world some analysts claim the revelations show government incompetence. under suspicion tehran accuses the u.s. and israel of plotting the assassination of iranian nuclear scientists one physicist died another was wounded in separate attacks that you researchers were actively involved in iran's nuclear program. and china calls for an emergency meeting of the six nations involved in the north korea disarmament talks as tension
rises on the peninsula join naval exercises between south korea and the u.s. are underway despite warnings from pyongyang north korea has reportedly put its surface to surface missiles on high alert. what could be more important than trusting the news information we see hear and read in a special report journalists to wilson examines how the media shape public opinion and whether it's information gateway or means of manipulation is coming your way next. brooks jackson leads the fact check team for the ne bruce school of communications they revealed misleading political ads coming from republicans and democrats alike just let me show you a few examples. well the obama ad. the fact is that corning plant shut down because it made old fashioned cathode ray tube t.v. two that are being replaced by flat screen technology not john mccain's for. this
mccain a it is part of a pattern. obama is actually proposing is a tax cut for most of us eighty percent probably and a tax increase only for families making over two hundred fifty thousand dollars a year. actually we call this a pattern of misrepresentation a pattern of deceit which is something we don't often say jackson says that checking by news organizations in two thousand and eight has been better than in previous years you know still t.v. stations are making a lot of money from these t.v. ads we're seeing just unprecedented amounts of cash thrown at political advertising in this election it's always seemed to me that a television station that's making so much money off of these things owes the audience the viewers a responsibility to channel a little bit of that money back into check and whether or not what's being said in
those ads is true or not why can't we just ban all political television advertising because in one thousand nine hundred seventy five the supreme court ruled that money equals speech. not when we caught up with congressman john two little outside his two thousand and six congressional debate with democratic challenger charlie brown what campaigns are just advertising driven advertising is horrendous very expensive. certainly electronic media is ridiculously expensive and that the best way that everybody wants to use my point is where to respect the first amendment says congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech and the fact of the matter is that part of the meaning of that is that you can't control the means of making a speech you have to let people raise the money in order to be able to get their message out otherwise you've affectively denied them the freedom of speech how much money will you be spending on electronic media in this campaign that is
a trade secret it is an open secret that nearly three billion dollars were spent on campaign ads in the two thousand and eight election and the candidates they spent seventy five percent of their time fund raising candidates spent most of the race. and politics. right. now we can stop those practices by ensuring the candidates are given free air time that's a very simple thing the gore commission that was done back in one thousand nine hundred ninety nine there was a proposal that the networks provide. their licensees provide five minutes of airtime to candidates that went nowhere any free airtime proposal means less profits for broadcasters profits that according to the f.c.c. top forty six percent. want to merge
with my middle bad we've got an emergent devoted to real men we've got to. do you know. we've got to have a good material and i don't know it was six degrees below zero in my note north dakota january eighteenth two thousand and two seven canadian pacific train cars derailed at one thirty am creating the worst and i. ammonia spill in history just outside the housing tract. a cloud of deadly gas was moving toward the town. my not police sergeant dave goodman heard the call and went to take a look it looked almost like. something out of the country for film it was just a large cloud and it just appeared to be rolling towards my not. far . off on what you're part of but. i am going to.
start goodman needed his gas man this week but it was at home inside the poisonous cloud hard cold wind of my driveway in one emergency where you know they had my swat gear in the garage and it up getting my gas mask. and i got my family out of the now they were in extreme and. my kids are up for six and eight years old at that time your daughter is twelve down and my kids are going to be in the background so they were all concerned. and i know my wife just said several times that she was scared there she was either going to sit there and watch our kids die. or i thought she was going to die in front of our kids. bad work try going to the neighbors but going outside was the worst
thing to do we're all over the place we don't know where we're going to and mike johnson fled their home and got lost but they got lucky lundeen family rescued them our eyes and our know is in our throats everything was a burning burning burney nerves in happiness to see. when she only does this find a place sit down by each other and all get to talk tomlin dean guided the families into. his basement no lights no heat no information. on the radio you're doing. music dispatchers were advising callers to listen to their emergency broadcast station or series. in case he did the radio ninety and j.b. but a full hour after the crash there was still nothing on ok or any other radio station we didn't play out over the radio radio stations have a radio station or have our way over or how come there's nothing on the radio or
the t.v. that should be someone original about it but. here is actual footage from inside the patrol car that night listen carefully you hear the radio playing music. there were eight commercial radio stations in my not six of them including. had been bought by one company clear channel they were programmed from twelve hundred miles away the satellite i got the radio on. and just going through it casey g.b. who is the station for what at that time for emergency services or anything we heard on the radio was what time it was and the temperature what time it was and the temperature and that just gets old one forty one forty five to fifteen to twenty oh it was awful only the time in town that's all we heard over and over and
over and over again. and country music. my not police tested the emergency alert system the week before but it didn't work that night nine one one one here and cops aren't allowed to interrupt regular programming when they need to interruptions cut into advertising revenue only the president can do that. if we if we could have had somebody on that would have said stay in your home. we would have yes we would have our lives would be much much better we have lots of health issues now because we were out in it for twenty two minutes because we didn't know what it was no one could reach the emergency broadcaster by telephone clear channel was consolidating all six of its stations into one building and had cut the line just one broken telephone line meant no one could reach anyone at six different local radio stations that i want to work don't think there's a man down in his driveway a. benefit of meeting him one night when i was just brand spanking new and he was
my first ticket i ever wrote to and we became good friends after that time when what is your emergency we are seeking a person who is are accounted for and his name is john gray bigger and no one has heard of him or seen him a good friend of mine died morning. the so what did the c.e.o. of clear channel have to say about all this and you're trying to compete to sell your customers products which is our business we're in the business of selling our customers products and through our audience is the advertising that we sell we hope that we do accomplish the end it is our absolute commitment to be a public service conduit to every single market that we're in which we do achieve in every single market that we're in. broadcasters can
neglect the public in other ways take the case of intercoms radio station in sacramento k d n d who sponsored a water drinking contest hold your we to win a nintendo we think some twenty people and turned the contest and which one do you think you can you can hear it before you have to we. why are we getting in like i want to during the show any number of people were calling in and saying look this is a dangerous stunt someone could die i'm going to be monitoring all that marketing do you think i'm hungry guy for one time became aware that we're going to be very nice as ordinary people the staff will laugh this off take orders anybody is anybody dying in there we've got to go about it i. could make a fairly i think that yes very very the way. please ultimately a young woman mother of three children who she was twenty eight years old i'm not mistaken. consumed about two gallons of water over i got in
a valley about over get it for you ok you will lay down what do we. do with water and i had. the feeling the other day so i did this is what it feels like when you're drowning. just hours later jennifer strange died. the family's attorney asked the f.c.c. to take the radio station's license away but two years later the f.c.c. has done nothing with that intercom station instead it has rewarded intercom with fourteen additional station licenses let's look at it two ways either entercom doesn't have the chain of command in which case why are they giving licenses or they did have a chain of command and they approve this again why are we giving these people more . why aren't we thinking about pulling some of these licenses away from them.
today most people don't even know we can challenge a station's license not one person in my knowledge did. you know the ones. who are. not that i'm aware of i'm not sure exactly what you mean by that but. for vice presidential candidate sarah pailin the sure knows what it means that come january twentieth when i am sworn in as vice president you guys had better knock it off otherwise we'll have to get n.b.c.'s broadcast license revoked let's go to the f.c.c. is website to find out how one does channel or to stations license license. challenge just that gets us nowhere. you can surf around the f.c.c. is website forever but if you don't know the secret word you're never going to find it to secret word is titian so you didn't know i.
jane a creep and steve wilson spent thousands of dollars on a washington law firm to challenge w t v t's license for violating the f.c.c. news distortion policy so we filed a challenge to a license really based on the facts that came out in our case nothing new here we filed that in january of two thousand and five and here we are. many years later the f.c.c. has not ever gotten back to us with anything they've not responded they've not sent us our thanks for sending your complaint we're looking into it e-mail letter nothing zero absolutely nothing and you understand the whole premise that the airwaves are a precious commodity there are very few of them so to get these licenses broadcast licenses for free broadcasters are supposed to act in the public interest it's the deal they make providing that privilege that's their mandate and that's what the
f.c.c. is supposed to be able to sing i haven't seen any evidence of it. ok time for a little more information about the f.c.c. five commissioners had the f.c.c. the president chooses three from his own party and two from the opposing party it was president bush who set the agenda through two thousand and eight in two thousand and three bush appointee michael powell tried to consolidate the media even further and wrote rules that matched the times if they got away with what they wanted to do you can end up in a community where you have one large corporation controlling the daily newspaper radio stations television stations the cable outlet in one community their profits would go through the roof i mean if it stripped down to one news room without any competition but you told me that that sounds like the marker saying it didn't look good three of the five members of the f.c.c. a republican they were all pretty much on record as saying even before we consider
any evidence we want to get rid of these rules and they govern their marching orders but the public found out and rose up against us we understand we've got about three million people to weigh in to the f.c.c. that's almost you know one in every hundred americans i don't even think that many people knew there was an f.c.c. the law and how to get their information to us but they did they were really concerned about this power the f.c.c. approved consolidation anyway i. we did our job and i believe we did it well but grassroots media reform activists had a surprise for him so when the f.c.c. clearly didn't listen to the american public we knew that it was our time to act and so with the media access project and many other plaintiffs who joined on to our case we told the f.c.c. that we would sue them and we took it all the way to the third district court of appeals in philadelphia. court of appeals in philadelphia reversed the decision and directed it to conduct a do over that duel for the f.c.c.
had to hold more public hearings about consolidation they held six between october two thousand and six and november two thousand and seven as artists spoke about corporate media keeping the popular musicians off the air really is the travesty of it is all these fans and all these people that have grown up in these communities listening to those radio stations it's just gone to me that is just the most anti-american thing i've ever heard of in my life thank you. it's all of. europe. about the demise of independent producers in hollywood however the days of independent producer taking his or her created on a series or movie of the week to completion is a thing of the past democrats and republicans joined in opposition to more consolidated media but a competitor can start a local bank or
a restaurant you just can't go in and start a radio or t.v. station. because the airwaves are finite and not only are they finite. their own not by the seller but by the people but on december eighteenth two thousand and seven republican members of the f.c.c. voted to allow broad. castors and newspapers in the same town to have the same owner cross ownership may help to forestall the erosion and local news coverage by enabling companies to share these local news gathering costs across multiple media platforms. today's order amends the thirty two year old absolute ban on newspaper broadcast cross ownership. last time the commission went down this road the majority heard and felt the outrage of millions of citizens and congress and the court and they're hearing from citizens once again there's a new lawsuit from radio and media access project and
a resolution to disapprove the f.c.c. vote by the u.s. senate we have visited this issue previously i think there is too much concentration in the media and the f.c.c. rule moves in exactly the wrong direction adding more concentration preventing more media consolidation is a bipartisan effort i look at this is not of course an issue we've had multiple votes on both sides of the aisle in the commerce committee when this was last discussed so there were people on the republican side on the democratic side this is not a part of them is a whole not so with the fairness doctrine republicans are trying to make sure the f.c.c. can never bring it back so what does your legislation do the broadcaster freedom act which i'm happy to report is now co-sponsored by every single republican member of the house of representatives and this taping one democrat would simply do this it would take the power away from the federal communications commission and to
restore the fairness doctrine without an act of congress but there are new battles yet to be waged time after time and hearing after hearing people complain about licensing there must require at least half of all broadcast licenses in every market to go to a local interest local control doing otherwise violates the public trust you bell to honor and i'd like to say that broadcasting is a lot like driving it's not a right it's a privilege and if i get caught driving recklessly endangering the public i lose my license doesn't matter if i own twelve hundred cars i. don't have the right to do this on the public airways. take their licenses it's pending before you right now how many people here would like to see clear channel lose six licenses for this kind of broadcasting.
cheney her turn at the mike at the f.c.c. hearing in tampa w t v t licensed in january of two thousand and five my husband and i challenge the operating license of the fox station right here in tampa we have proven in court the top ranks of management engaged in news distortion resisting had cost us our jobs more than two years later we have yet to receive any response from the f.c.c. on the status of that complaint so why is the f.c.c. ignoring license challenges it's the only tool the public has to hold stations accountable i called the f.c.c. to learn how many petitions to deny licenses they have and also went to the last time they revoked any stations license i have been told that since nine hundred ninety six virtually no licenses have been revoked at all and i'm trying to confirm or deny that the. primary it sue wilson broadcast lose her.
i'm fine thank you i'm following up on our conversation i don't when it wasn't a week or so ago in terms of the numbers of petitions to deny. somebody is going to have it mary i mean with all due respect the only people who would have it would be the f.c.c. . but it seems to me that they're not taking petitions to deny very seriously if that's if they don't even know how many they're getting very good banks. oh she is not happy with me at all. but she just hearsay i've asked the question and we don't have that information and that is. what they are having who would she say if you want to file a freedom of information act after. just go right ahead so that's going to be the next step was a girl's the press and public can use freedom of information act requests to demand information from the government they have twenty business days to respond. in the
meantime jane finally got her response from the f.c.c. as media bureau remember how for a creator when her case the judge told the jury she'd have to prove the station deliberately try to distort the news. and then he said this i think we are indicated on the finding of this theory the f.c.c. said they were confused whether w t v t distorted the news and in any case they would not be bound by some state court's decision or petition to deny had been denied any case stand to the seat. the. commissioner's final broadcast journalist of twenty years is currently a film about media issues broadcast lives on july sixth state of this year i filed a freedom of information act request with your media bureau to find out how many petitions to deny broadcast licenses are currently pending in front of the f.c.c.
i also asked what is the last time any station ever had a license taken away. by law the f.c.c. is to respond to me within twenty two days it has been four months i have heard nothing. if it tish's to deny licenses are the only means that we the people have to hold stations accountable to the public interest. if you will not stand up for we the people then i have news for you we the people are standing up for ourselves this is our money and we are you gonna take it back on just to come back. we're taking it back in our schools and the president is a teacher to students for instance. it's in the lead in schools in the states we're taking it back for reporters to see if he wrote to
his goes thursday was just more newspaper there were a t.v. station called by the free incompetent. fighting for the internet before big media parents told. we're putting up our own low power radio towers. remember the airwaves belong to us if we the people don't take the media back no one will. believe.